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Strategika 51

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Russian and EU parliamentarians « could meet in Serbia »

Brussels is considering the possibility of holding a meeting between European Parliament members and Russian legislators « on neutral territory. »

And this territory may be Serbia, according to a report in Russia’s Izvestia newspaper, cited by TASS.

The initiative came from Jiri Mastalka, deputy chairman of the EP Committee on Relations with Russia, the daily said.

« The European Union and Russia need to shift to talking about key issues, we can’t just tackle low-priority ones. For example, the change of experience can contribute a great deal to the global war on terror, » Mastalka told Izvestia, and added:

« Citizens of European countries also expect Brussels and Moscow to enhance cooperation. »

Since Russian deputies cannot come to Brussels due to the European sanctions the proposal is to organize a joint meeting of MPs on neutral ground, for example in Serbia, he said.

According to the report, the response of Russian lawmakers was « quite positive. »

Duma International Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky welcomed the initiative, saying that Moscow backs continued work of the committee for parliamentary cooperation between Russia and EU.

« Let’s see who is ready to participate in the EU’s delegation. Theoretically, we can make a positive decision, » he said, adding that « there are no intentions to cut off contacts that were suspended under the initiative of Brussels. »

State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs Deputy Chairman Alexei Chepa said the meeting should focus on issues such as « terrorism, economic and migration problems. »




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